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November 2018

Thanksgiving

Jack Bretl

 Thanksgiving Paragraph

 November 19

Giving Thanks

 

 

 

-Jack Bretl

 

As the holiday of Thanksgiving grows closer I think of how I can give thanks to my community. Whether it’s a simple compliment or a more serious Giving of thanks it all matters. Thanksgiving remains one of my favorite holidays because of how it brings people together. My Dad is almost never home during the week as he is always traveling for business. My sister goes to boarding school and is only home during the holidays. On thanksgiving my family and I will get to sit down as a family and have a delicious meal as we talk in reflection of how our lives are going. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing my whole Family in the presence of happiness, and without conflict. My sister and I have created a great bond throughout our 13 years together and it’s always a great time to be around her. Spending time with Family is a great thing to do to show you care. Spending time in your family rather than hiding away in your room during thanksgiving shows that you are giving thanks and respecting what your parents give to you. Such as a roof over your head, food, electricity, and help in any way. My parents take thanksgiving pretty seriously in that it’s a time to be spent together and in reflection. Giving thanks is one of the most powerful things you can do. When giving thanks your given the power to change someone’s day or possibly week. Thanksgiving is a great time to see who really cares and who doesn’t. So as Thanksgiving comes closer I’ll remind you to give thanks, show that you care and be respectful.

 

Jack Bretl

 


Family

Jack Bretl 

Family 

November  17 2018

 

Family

" Family is not an important thing, it's everything"

-Micheal J. Fox

 

Tonight I sit here with my family watching a Christmas movie next to the fire enjoying our first night together in quite some time. with my dad always traveling and my sister at boarding school our time together is quite important. My sister and I don't spend as much as time as we used to and I hate that. My sister and I have created a great bond over our 13 years together wether it's putting up Christmas lights or just going on a walk, I cherish each moment. As the holidays are just right around the corner our time together becomes more frequent and I can't wait. My sister and I will be putting up more Christmas lights, watching movies, and in about a month we will be going skiing. Your family is something that you have to cherish and it's something that you can't take for granted. If you do take your family for granted you will not be able to appreciate the gift god has given to you that is your family. Now as the Holidays come closer I  encourage you to get closer to your family and enjoy your time around them. Maybe if you cherish your time with them as much as I do you'll share the experience of deep sadness when it's time for them to leave but remember they will always come back. Most of all be thankful that your in the presents of a family that cares for you and loves you, and will never forget you.

 

Jack Bretl

 

 


Tom Sawyer Literary Analysis Essay

Jack Bretl

Jack Bretl

Fitz English

Wednesday November 14th

Literary Analysis Essay

 Literary Analysis Essay on Tom Sawyer By: Mark Twain  

 

Tom Sawyer literary Analysis Essay 

literary Analysis Essay on Tom Sawyer

By:Mark Twain

 

 

 

"He 'pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up, and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it's all down again and I can't hit him a lick. I ain't doing my duty by that boy, and that's the Lord's truth, goodness knows. Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says. I'm a laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know.

-Aunt Polly, Chapter 1

 Tom Sawyer is being talked about by his aunt. His aunt is explaining how Tom isn’t one to always to comply with her rules he is mor one to try to get out of the situation. This happens in chapter 1.

 

 It takes a boy to become a man. In the book, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer experience all aspects of boyhood in his adventures. Tom has shown signification signs of boyhood through out the whole book. He spends time going on adventures, hanging out with girls, and being a rebellious person. One of example of Toms boyhood is when he runs away to the island. Tom runs away from home to show that no one controls him and he can do what he wants. Tom runs away with Huck and Joe and they go to the island in the middle of the night. Tom knows that Aunt Polly would never allow this and that is exactly why he did it.

 

"Tom was a free boy again, however—there was something in that. He could drink and swear,   now—but found to his surprise that he did not want to. The simple fact that he could, took the desire away, and the charm of it." 

 

 

     Tom finds excitement not following the rules and being rebellious. We can all relate to this because we have been through similar  experiences to what Tom is going through in this story. While Tom does this rules don’t apply to him. Tom loves to spend time exploring how far his curiosity can take him. Wether it’s chasing down a murderer or sneaking out with his best friend at night.  Tom’s adventurer of boyhood is evident throughout his journeys as a young man. Tom uncovers many lessons form boyhood. Tom never follows the rules and is rebellious if the chance precedes itself, he finds new experiences, and get himself into situations on his adventure. Tom has taken the first step to becoming a man by becoming a boy. Tom uncovers many lessons form boyhood. Tom never follows the rules and is rebellious if the chance precedes itself, he finds new experiences, and get himself into situations on his adventure. Tom has taken the first step to becoming a man, first becoming a boy.

 

Superstition Shapes your life and what decisions you make. In the book, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, it is evident that superstition shapes all the characters and their behaviors. Superstition and escape is evident throughout Toms adventures. The characters are wary of secrecy between each-other and who they can trust. Tom is discovering who he can trust and who will support him. Superstition Shapes your life and what decisions you make. In the book, The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, it is evident that superstition shapes all the characters and there behaviors. Superstition and escape is evident throughout Toms adventures. The characters are wary of secrecy between each-other and who they can trust. Tom is discovering who he can trust and who will support him.

 

“The boys bent their heads together and scarcely breathed. A muffled sound of voices floated up from the far end of the graveyard.

 

“Look! See there!” whispered Tom. “What is it?”

 

“It’s devil-fire. Oh, Tom, this is awful.”

 

Some vague figures approached through the gloom, swinging an old-fashioned tin lantern that freckled the ground with innumerable little spangles of light. Presently Huckleberry whispered with a shudder:

 

“It’s the devils sure enough. Three of ‘em! Lordy, Tom, we’re goners! Can you pray?”

 

“I’ll try, but don’t you be afeard. They ain’t going to hurt us. ‘Now I lay me down to sleep, I—’”

 

 

“Sh!”

 

“What is it, Huck?”

 

“They’re humans! One of ‘em is, anyway. One of ‘em’s old Muff Potter’s voice.”

 

Toms superstition about the night of the graveyard creates a interest in secrecy throughout the book . Superstition in general shapes the entire novel and changes the way the characters react. Toms relationships with his friends are shaped by his superstitions. Superstition is also nice to have when wanting to look at something in a more positive way. As stated through out the whole entire book superstition is a key part of Tom’s life. Tom does this to see the world in a better perspective or to see the world his way

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Having an adventurous behavior is a necessity to a exciting life. While reading Tom Sawyer I experienced an adventure of excitement on every page. On every page of adventure I could relate to it . The book really made me think of how much adventure one person can go through in a brief amount of time, and how much that can impact your life. Reading Tom Sawyer allowed me to relate to all the adventure’s I’ve gone on. Since I could relate to the story  I became more Engaged with the story and I think I can comprehend it better now. I only started to read Tom Sawyer for school but as I read started to read more I became more interested in the book. I was really bored of the book until about the 100th page. This is where the action started. Tom started to act more like Tom, he was sneaking out of th house at night and going on nightly adventures with his friend Huckleberry. I really enjoyed reading about something that I could relate to it lead me in the right direction so I could comprehend the book easily. I learned how to use my own experiences from life to help me comprehend this book. This really changed my point of view on literature, because I really enjoyed this book and I tend to have trouble finding books I like so I now have a favorite genre to look for. This book really made me go deep into my mind on all chapters. The amount of descriptive language and different type of language really challenged me. The importance of Adventure in this book was also pretty significant. I was not excited to read this at all. I’m never really excited to read any book in fact but about 100 words in that changed. I loved learning about what it was like as a 12 years old in the 1890’s. Once again learning about the amount of adventures he went on was a great pleasure and very helpful to me because I also love to go on adventures.

 

Tom’s journey as a young man was filled with boyhood, earning freedom, and superstition. Tom uses theses themes as characteristics to how he acts. Tom’s behavior is either something to look at as something bad or something to look up to. Through out this book all of the themes brought excitement and laughter into the reader and I don’t think anyone would disagree

 

Jack Bretl